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Yankee, Executive, Soldier, Spy
The dashing and often hapless career of Mike Burke
grantland  sports  baseball  cia  spying  michaelburke 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Through a Glass, Darkly: ‘The Lady From Shanghai’ and the Legend of Orson Welles...
Orson Welles needed $50,000 to pay for costumes, so on opening night, in desperation, he called the president of Columbia Pictures and asked for a loan. Welles was frequently in desperation in 1946, and he frequently tried to talk his way out of it.
orsonwelles  film  filmmaking  hollywood  grantland  brianphillips 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Fear Factor: How Pitch Location Helps Reveal Batter Breakouts
There was nothing auspicious about the box score for Kris Bryant’s big-league debut. Bryant, the former second-overall draft pick and reigning best prospect in baseball, broke in on April 17 after a seven-game, .679-slugging-percentage service-time sequestration at Triple-A Iowa. And with the eyes of every non-blacked-out MLB.TV subscriber upon him, the 23-year-old went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts against Padres starter James Shields and reliever Dale Thayer in Chicago’s 5-4 loss, spawning hundreds of almost identical Twitter jokes about the phenom being a bust.
benlindbergh  baseball  grantland  pitchlocation  sports 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Titanic Titus Andronicus: Patrick Stickles on Why His Band Made a 93-Minute, 29-...
In early September 2013, New Jersey punk band Titus Andronicus played a show at a VFW post in Missoula, Montana. To promote the gig, the group’s quixotic singer-songwriter Patrick Stickles did an interview with local daily newspaper The Missoulian in which he divulged for the first time his plans to write and record a rock opera.
titusandronicus  patrick  stickles  stevenhyden  music  grantland 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Flick of the Wrist: A Snapshot of Father and the Awful Records Crew on the Brink...
It’s a chilly weeknight in the Hasidic part of Williamsburg, and Awful Records is taking over. In a few hours at the local venue Baby’s All Right, the Atlanta record label and crew’s benevolent overlord, Father, will play his first solo New York City show. For now, Awful has congregated at the 10th-floor loft of a buddy, an odd place with a rack of antlers on the wall, an impressively curated VHS collection, paint splatters, ferns, and a startling view of the bright Manhattan skyline. And they’ve gone about setting themselves up with a well-earned little pre-party.
grantland  music  hiphop  amos  barshad  awfulrecords 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden
The ‘Real’ DFW: Three Visions of David Foster Wallace «
By the time the author David Foster Wallace committed suicide in 2008, he had already become a myth: a tobacco-chewing, bandanna-wearing genius who suffered under the weight of his own empathy. Since then, three versions of him have entered the picture. One is a 2012 biography by New Yorker writer D.T. Max called Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story. Another is a book by the Rolling Stone writer David Lipsky, called Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Roadtrip With David Foster Wallace, which documents five days of conversation with Wallace as he finishes a tour for Infinite Jest, a novel more famous for its difficulty than for its content.
davidfosterwallace  grantland  books  writers  literature  culture  film  adaptations  criticism 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
At the Algonquin Hotel: A Conversation With Wes Anderson
An exclusive excerpt from ‘The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel’
art  film  movies  writing  filmmaking  grantland  wesanderson  mattzollerseitz 
april 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Maximum Bob: The Dean of American Rock Critics’ Memoir Is Revealing, Rewarding, ...
For a guy who’s inarguably one of the three or four most important rock critics ever to pull the tear-strip on a record-company promo mailer, Robert Christgau is rarely a likable supporting character in books by and about his peers.
music  musiccriticism  robertchristgau  villagevoice  grantland 
february 2015 by brendanmcfadden
The Pirates’ Sabermetrics Road Show
he first time I called Mike Fitzgerald, quantitative analyst for the Pittsburgh Pirates, I got his voice mail. Fitzgerald, I later found out, wasn’t screening his calls; he was on the phone with bench coach Jeff Banister, whom the Pirates drafted out of college before Fitzgerald was born.
baseball  sports  grantland  benlindbergh  sabermetrics  pittsburghpirates  pittsburgh 
september 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Q&A: Russell Martin on the Art of Pitch Framing
According to Baseball Prospectus analyst Max Marchi’s pitch-framing statistics, Martin, a converted infielder who worked hard at becoming a better receiver, ranks fourth among major league catchers with more than 105 runs saved because of framing from 2008 to present, or roughly 0.23 runs per 100 pitches. Pittsburgh’s two-year, $17 million commitment is already paying dividends.
russellmartin  baseball  sports  pitchframing  benlindbergh  grantland 
september 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Glue
Remember that old ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketch? You know, the one with Phil Hartman?
philhartman  SaturdayNightLive  snl  grantland  comedy 
september 2014 by brendanmcfadden
I’m Chevy Chase and You’re Not
An excerpt from ‘Saturday Night’ — the landmark ‘SNL’ book — about the controversial rise of the show’s first breakout star
chevychase  comedy  snl  SaturdayNightLive  grantland  excerpt  saturdaynight 
august 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Empire Dylanesque
How the ’80s almost destroyed Bob Dylan, and why we’re celebrating that period now.
bobdylan  music  grantland  tributealbums  1980s 
march 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Beane Counters
A two-hour sit-down with Oakland’s Billy Beane and Lew Wolff sheds light on the rise of big data, the value of continuity, the challenge of ballin’ on a budget, and much more
baseball  sabermetrics  billybeane  jonahkeri  grantland  sports 
march 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Stokes Game
For decades, legends in the NBA headed up to the Catskill Mountains to do what they knew to help one of their own
basketball  grantland  catskills  nba  sports  thestokesgame  mauricestokes 
august 2013 by brendanmcfadden
How Soccer Explains Israel
Jerusalem's FC Beitar signed two Muslim players from Russia in February and stirred a national controversy
grantland  politics  sports  Israel  middleeast  war  soccer 
april 2013 by brendanmcfadden
Choking on the Splinters
Taking stock of Beck's career 20 years after "Loser"
music  grantland  beck 
march 2013 by brendanmcfadden
A Rebirth in the Great White North
The Toronto Blue Jays are poised to bring a winner back to a city that desperately needs one. Jonah Keri on how the Blue Jays went from World Series champs to chumps to contenders
grantland  bluejays  baseball  toronto  sports  jonahkeri 
march 2013 by brendanmcfadden
Chuck Klosterman on Royce White
Royce White has a lot of radical thoughts about his own mental illness. But that's just the beginning — he's worried about your brain, too.
grantland  basketball  chuckklosterman  sports  roycewhite 
january 2013 by brendanmcfadden
Sheed and Stack in the Big Apple
Two wily veterans spend the twilight of their intertwined careers in New York
grantland  basketball  sports  jonathanabrams  rasheedwallace  jerrystackhouse 
january 2013 by brendanmcfadden
The Greatest Team That Never Was
Dunks, drugs, and disappointment: an oral history of the 1980s Houston Rockets.
nba  rockets  houston  basketball  sports  grantland  jonathanabrams 
november 2012 by brendanmcfadden
‘It Hasn’t Been a Disaster’
Indie-rock legend Bob Nastanovich on Pavement, the Silver Jews, and horse racing. But not in that order.
pavement  bobnastanovich  grantland  music 
july 2012 by brendanmcfadden
The Sound and the Fury
The fall and rise of the first all-sports talk station, WFAN
sportstalk  radio  sports  grantland  WFAN 
july 2012 by brendanmcfadden
The Invaders
In the first of a series of personal essays about gambling, David Hill looks back at a racetrack, a killing, and the history of organized crime in Hot Springs, Arkansas
horseracing  mafia  gambling  grantland 
may 2012 by brendanmcfadden

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